How to use the Sower’s parables numbers 30, 60, 100
“And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13:13 (NRSV)) The previous verse (13:12) contains the word “riddle” (NRSV footnote).
How can I resist looking for a number puzzle when I see “riddle” and “three”?
Here are faith, hope, love in Greek:
πίστις, ἐλπίς, ἀγάπη (from 1 Corinthians 13:13 (SBL Greek New Testament))
This puzzle, by Paul the Apostle, is short and sweet:
I take the numerical value of the Greek first-letter from each of “faith, hope, love.”
Π = 80
Ε = 5
Α = 1
Using the Sower’s parables numbers 30-60-100 and 100-60-30 (Sower’s verses one click):
30 x 80 = 2,400
60 x 5 = 300
100 x 1 = 100
Sum of products = 2,800 = 70 x 40; both special numbers in the Bible.
100 x 80 = 8,000
60 x 5 = 300
30 x 1 = 30
Sum of products = 8,330 = 70 x 7 x 17
A factor of 490 or “seventy times seven” (found in Matthew 18:22 (footnote NRSV) -18:22-”).
That is just one example of how to use the Sower’s parables numbers.
By applying Sower’s numbers, I’ve found a factor of “seventy times seven” in seven parts of the Bible, which suggests a shared numerical foundation for those passages.
The odds against finding it once are, very conservatively, 1 in (7 x 7). The odds against finding it seven times are (1 in 49)7 or 1 in 678,223,072,849. Other parts of the Bible yield sevens-cubed and such.
The other sets of numbers are multiples of three. You divide a number set into three equal parts and then multiply with the Sower’s numbers as I just showed you.
More examples at my post:
A popular idea is that the books of the Gospel were written independently. However, three of the seven-solutions are gained by combining various books.
But of course finding sevens and seventies could be just a lucky coincidence.